Red Hat Beefs Up Enterprise Linux Desktop Security
Red Hat's new release of its Certificate System will focus on automated logins and U.S. government security criteria. (DesktopLinux)Red Hat, which launched the "Security in a Networked World" initiative for Linux/open-source security last August, announced plans to fortify its enterprise desktop Linux platform. "Security" in this context, however, is about identity management and authentication, rather than the typical Windows concern with viral/worm protection. Red Hat said the new release of its Certificate System, which will include enhanced identity and authentication management and will be available by mid-2006, will primarily focus on three security areas.
First, with the new release, customers will be able to issue and use smartcards that will support automated logins in a number of applications and operating systems, according to the company, including: Microsoft Windows desktops and servers, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.